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88
The key to the film is in the performances by Spall and Stevenson -- and by Marsan. The utter averageness of the characters, their lack of insight, their normality, contrasts with the subject matter in an unsettling way.
88
British actor Timothy Spall gives a shattering performance as Albert Pierrepoint.
80
At once desperately grim and unnervingly gripping, providing an exacting sense of the detail and procedure that went into death by hanging.
75
This measured bio-production might be viewed as a lesser companion piece to "Vera Drake" -- although in the case of Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, all the period-piece tastefulness makes for a story more instructive than emotionally tangible.
75
Like its hero, the movie doesn't flinch for most of its running time.
75
This is a riveting story about a man who for years moonlighted as an anonymous hangman while holding a day job as a wholesale grocery delivery man.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Invites viewers to think critically about such weighty concepts as justice, atonement and personal accountability.
58
Portland Oregonian
Dramatizes and occasionally overdramatizes Albert's 24-year career. For a while, it's a study of a decent man who puts his life into compartments so he can do terrible deeds.
50
A peculiar little film -- grim and disturbing yet perversely riveting.
50
You have to wonder just how true to life the melodramatic depiction of these events is, especially since the film was made in partnership with TV's "Masterpiece Theater."

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